Instrument FAQ Below you will find information about obtaining an instrument and how to deal with repairs if your instrument would break throughout the year. Obtaining an Instrument How do I get an instrument for my son or daughter? A. Purchase an instrument (Please see Mr. Adams for advice before you purchase) B. Rent to Own an instrument from our music vendor Stu’s Music Shop C. Borrow an instrument from General John Stricker MS What are the benefits of renting to own? A. Affordable payments that accumulate towards eventually owning the instrument. B. Free repairs while you are renting and a free loaner for lengthy repairs. C. A less expensive route in case your middle school student “changes their mind.” What instruments does Stricker have to loan? A. All band and orchestra instruments, but only in a limited supply B. We have plenty of the large instruments because they are so expensive (Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Cello, and String Bass) C. We have a limited supply of the smaller instruments (Flutes, Trumpets, and Violins) Is there a fee to borrow an instrument from Stricker? A. There is a $40 Maintenance Fee which covers repairs to the instrument. B. The fee could be paid all at once or in increments throughout the year. Instrument Repair Where should I take my instrument if it breaks? A. Always bring it to Mr. Adams as soon as you notice the problem. B. If I can’t fix it, I will send it to Stu’s Music Shop to repair it. C. Most of the repairs I do are free. If any thing you may need to pay for a part if needed. How does a Stu’s Music Shop repair work? A. A representative from Stu’s comes to Stricker once a week to pick up and drop off repair instruments. B. After the instrument has been evaluated by their repair people, contact the shop to approve the repair and receive an estimate. C. Once the repair is complete Stu’s will deliver it to Stricker. Should my parents or I try to fix my instrument ourselves? A. NEVER!!! Although someone you know may have very good “fix-it” skills, please always bring the instrument to Mr. Adams before trying to fix it at home.
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